Unit One: Metaphors and the Challenges of Settling a Nation
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In this unit, we'll explore the philosophical, economic, religious, historical, and social forces involved in nation-building.  Specifically, we'll look at some of the origins an "American" way of thinking, how early thinkers used the language and rhetoric of the Enlightenment to solidify their hold on North America, and how those views changed once civilization had been firmly grounded in New England.  Throughout, we'll explore how the power of metaphor shaped how early Americans thought of themselves and others.  Finally, we'll take a look at how rhetoric is used today to shape how Americans think and behave. 
Downloads and Resources
Puritan Thought
The Puritan Arts
Visual Rhetoric
Irving's Success
E pluribus unum?
Cooper's Warning
What is an American?